Issued on: 22/11/2020 – 14:14
Aware that the French are becoming weary of lockdown and need to have a better sense of what the lead-up to Christmas will look like, the government has drawn the shape of things to come, ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s address next Tuesday.
“Nothing is worse than incertitude and the impression of endless morosity,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) published Sunday.
“We have to be coherent, clear and give a sense of direction. It’s difficult because the pandemic is unpredictable and worldwide. But it’s the key to trust, which itself is the key to success.”
He left it to his spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, to outline that direction.
Lockdown will be “eased” in three stages Attal told the JDD.
“The first step will be on 1 December, then before the Christmas and New Year holiday period, and then from January 2021″, he said.
The slow but steady improvement in the health crisis is continuing. According to official figures, the number of new infections on Saturday was 17,881, down 5,000 on the previous day. There was also a slight drop both in the number of intensive care admissions and covid-related deaths.
As a result, Attal said some shops would be allowed to reopen in the lead-up to Christmas.
“We made the undertaking to allow them to open around 1 December providing the health situation allowed, and that seems to be the case”, he said.